The IQ of a mob is the IQ of its dumbest member divided by the number of mobsters.
The problem with this type of thinking (“We will destroy and steal your stuff unless you give us benefits.”) is that there is nothing left to give, and there is no way that the government can keep giving benefits as it has in the past. There isn’t enough money or resources to finance the entitlement mentality. Speaking of which, how did this happen? How did we come to think that we can commit crimes if we don’t get money from someone else that we have not earned? This is insane, and it is the type of thinking that the government-as-god mentality inevitably brings. How far behind the British are our Democratic youth?
This interview might be episodic and not thematic of the violence going on in the U.K. But these boys had to learn to speak this way somehow, so there must be something to it. Theodore Dalrymple, mental giant that he is, is acting as knowing watcher of the crisis:
The riots are the apotheosis of the welfare state and popular culture in their British form. A population thinks (because it has often been told so by intellectuals and the political class) that it is entitled to a high standard of consumption, irrespective of its personal efforts; and therefore it regards the fact that it does not receive that high standard, by comparison with the rest of society, as a sign of injustice.
It believes itself deprived (because it has often been told so by intellectuals and the political class), even though each member of it has received an education costing $80,000, toward which neither he nor—quite likely—any member of his family has made much of a contribution; indeed, he may well have lived his entire life at others’ expense, such that every mouthful of food he has ever eaten, every shirt he has ever worn, every television he has ever watched, has been provided by others. Even if he were to recognize this, he would not be grateful, for dependency does not promote gratitude. On the contrary, he would simply feel that the subventions were not sufficient to allow him to live as he would have liked.
At the same time, his expensive education will have equipped him for nothing. His labor, even supposing that he were inclined to work, would not be worth its cost to any employer—partly because of the social charges necessary to keep others such as he in a state of permanent idleness, and partly because of his own characteristics. And so unskilled labor is performed in England by foreigners, while an indigenous class of permanently unemployed is subsidized.
Meanwhile, people ary crying “ANARCHY!” in the news whenever the riots are mentioned. No, this is not anarchy. This is a demand of further statism, and a result of degenerate democracy…
When will it end? Only when we learn that spoiled demands to finance reliance on government are not a feasible plan for development and growth. I have a feeling it will be coming to the U.S. soon, thanks to the politicians and media class pushing class war as a drug that silences the reason in young people’s heads and makes them think only about what feels “fair” and what they all “deserve.” And it isn’t going to be pretty…